Post-election political violence has erupted in Zimbabwe's Mashonaland West province, where over 100 families have been threatened with eviction for backing the MDC-T party.
By Tafirenyika Nemadire, as published by our partner Radio VOP
More than 100 families in Magunje’s Kebvunde rural area, under Chief Nematombo, face eviction from their homesteads as political party rivals embark on a retribution exercise to punish them for backing the MDC-T party in the July elections, which were won by President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party.
The families who live under headmen Samuel Munjoma and Majinjiwa in Magunje’s Kebvunde rural area under Chief Nematombo, in Mashonaland West province respectively told Radio VOP that they were threatened with eviction by known local ZANU-PF members at a funeral held recently.
Headmen Munjoma and Majinjiwa were also ordered to surrender their African village heads badges to the ZANU-PF members.
“This happened this weekend when we were burying Tino Maponga, the ZANU-PF youth vice-chairperson for Kebvunde Kanyati district. Darlington Mutemagau, a provincial councilor is the one who told us that we should vacate this area together with our subjects. Also vocal at the funeral were Mai Joshua Chitimbe, and Cecilia Mudimu all of Zanu PF. Darlington said because MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai lost the election we should disappear from Magunje and leave the land for Zanu PF people. All this happened in the presence of the local Member of Parliament Dr Godfrey Gandawa,” headman Majinjiwa told Radio VOP at his homestead in Kebvunde Magunje.
“What pains us is that Darlington is a very young whom we saw his upbringing. I am 85 years old and he so his age makes him to be my son if not my grandson. How can such a youngster tell me to surrender my headman badge to him? We are the rightful dwellers of this area and for him to evict us is an insult,” said headman Samuel Munjoma.
Radio VOP failed to get a comment from Magunje Central legislator Dr Gandawa as his mobile phone went unanswered for several times.
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